lemon buttermilk cupcakes

How does the time go so fast?

It is a good idea, I find, that when feeling overwhelmed by the hectic whirlwind of life and moving and aimlessness and too much stuff, to sit down with a cup of tea and a cupcake.

Try it. It may make you feel better, if only for a little while.

Lemon Buttermilk Cupcakes

This is a birthday party recipe.

Adapted from Sweetapolita

250ml buttermilk, at room temperature (or 1 cup milk + 1 teaspoon white vinegar)

3 eggs, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

230 gm plain flour

250 gm caster sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

pinch salt

115 gm unsalted butter, at room temperature

finely grated zest of three medium-large lemons

Preheat oven to 180┬░Celsius and line two muffin pans with paper liners.

In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs and vanilla extract.

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add butter and blend together on medium-low speed.

Add about a quarter of the buttermilk/egg mixture on low speed and mix until moistened. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue adding in the egg mix in three more parts. Mix for about 20 seconds on medium speed after each addition, then scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Fill the cupcake liners to about 2/3 full.

Bake about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out almost clean. Be careful not to over bake.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Adapted from Sweetapolita (also)

75 gm unsalted butter, at room temperature

345 gm cream cheese, cold and cubed

685 gm icing sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp lemon juice

Beat icing sugar and butter together on medium speed.

Add cream cheese gradually, as your mixer is still going. (your mixer may protest but it will all come together in the end, I promise!)

Beat well on high speed for about twenty seconds, then add vanilla and lemon juice, and beat for about another minute, until it’s all homogenous.

Frost anything and it will be more delicious. Particularly great with carrot cake, chocolate cake and lemon buttermilk cupcakes.

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